Patriotic Pinwheels – Crafts by Amanda


These printable patriotic pinwheels are a fun afternoon craft to do with the kids. Display them throughout your yard for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day!

patriotic pinwheels in the grass

Why we love these printables

Patriotic pinwheels are quick and simple to make and are fun to watch twirling in the breeze. You can place them in flower pots or even line your sidewalk with them. We always make these pinwheels to decorate outside, with some 4th of July coffee filter flowers for inside or on the party tables.

Whether it’s for Flag Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Veterans Day these printable patriotic pinwheels are an easy and cost-efficient way to decorate in true red, white, and blue fashion.

girl blowing on pinwheel

How to use these printables

Pinwheels are best used outdoors, where you can watch them swirl and twirl in the breeze. However, they can also be used indoors to decorate as well!

  • Line your sidewalk or driveway
  • Place in a flower or plant pot
  • Hand them out as party favors
  • Great for taking along to parades
  • Decorate your garden with them
  • Turn it into a wreath using a foam wreath form
  • Stick them to the wall (without the handle on them)
  • Place them in a vase with varying handle lengths to make a bouquet

Supplies you’ll need

  • Pinwheel template(s) of your choice (see below)
  • Chopstick, dowel, or wooden skewer
  • Pushpin
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

How to make a pinwheel

  1. If using the blank template and your own patterned or solid papers, load the printer with your paper and print the templates. If using our patterned templates, select which pages you want to print in your printer’s dialogue box. You will need 2 patterns for each pinwheel, be sure to select double-sided before printing. (See below this section for the downloads).
  2. Cut out templates.
  3. Using a glue stick, bring a corner up to the center of the pinwheel. Repeat for each corner.
  4. Insert push pin through the center. It’s helpful to push the pins into a corkboard or piece of foam and allow them to dry for about an hour.
  5. When pinwheels are dry, remove them from the corkboard and push the pin into the end of your stick.
pinwheel templates
Example of blank pinwheel templates
pinwheel patterns
Example of templates that include patterned designs

Here’s Your Download

We’re providing a few options for you here. Choose the one you want or download all three! Please see this video explaining how to print your pinwheels!

  • Blank Pinwheel Templates – If you want to use your own patterned or solid scrapbook paper, print out the blank templates to create your pinwheels. A great option for making pinwheels for other holidays and occasions!
  • Curved Pinwheel Templates with Patterns – Here we are providing patterned papers for you that already have the templates on them. So all you have to do is print double-sided and cut them out. These patterns have curved “petals”.
  • Straight Pinwheel Templates with Patterns – Here we are providing patterned papers for you that already have the templates on them. So all you have to do is print double-sided and cut them out. These patterns have straight “petals”.
pinwheels in the grass

Easily decorate the outdoors with these printable patriotic pinwheels for your red, white, and blue celebrations. Be sure to check out some of my homemade goodies on my cooking blog if you’re planning a party like these American Flag Cupcakes, this Taco Salad Flag, or this Red White and Blue Poke Cake!

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